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Agatha Raisin And The Walkers Of Dembley Unbound – Aug 1 2000


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  • Unbound
  • Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc. (Aug. 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736655379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736655378
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

The newest Agatha Raisin adventure is quietly humorous but thin in plot. Finishing up her stint at a London PR firm, which she agreed to in Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener (1994), the acerbic 50-something retiree happily returns to her Cotswolds cottage?and her bachelor neighbor and sleuthing partner, James Lacey. Shortly after Agatha's return, Jessica Tartinck, the confrontational leader of a walking group, is murdered in nearby Dembley. When Sir Charles Fraith becomes the chief suspect (he and Jessica had argued about the walkers' right-of-way through his fields), Agatha is asked by a village friend to investigate. Ever eager, Agatha and her cohort James move to Dembley and, posing as man and wife, infiltrate Jessica's walking group. But, as Beaton's readers have learned to expect, Agatha's jubilation is short-lived, and her pseudo-marriage to James doesn't go at all as she hopes. Wending their way through circuitous misadventure, however, the pair solve the murder and forge a deeper relationship than they'd enjoyed before.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In an attempt to save a reclusive baronet accused of murder, Agatha "infiltrates" a local walkers' club. Fourth in the popular series (Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener, LJ 8/94).
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 19 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Agatha is at her most endearing and infurating best. I snap up all the Agatha series books as soon as they come off press because I know I'm in for a wonderful read. Anyone who like to take their murders with a dose of good humor will love Ms. Beaton's Agatha series. (Although this title is listed as part of the Hamish Macbeth series, the Agatha Raisin character has never even met Constable Macbeth. Suggestion to the esteemed author: Send Agatha to Hamish's beloved Lochdubh on vacation, knock off some offensive character and have Hamish and Agatha work together to solve the mystery. Your readers will be in for the ride of their lives!!)
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 28 2007
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I found Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley to be a much less successful book than the earlier three books in the series. The mystery can barely qualify as one. Agatha is an unpleasant terror for much of the book (which makes for less than happy reading). The new characters are unsympathetic. The victim is particularly so.

So should you read the book? Yes, you're stuck. The book contains a lot of development in the Agatha Raisin-James Lacey relationship that will leave you high and dry if you skip Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley. Sorry.

During Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet, Agatha agreed to work in PR again in London in exchange for surreptitious help with her ruined garden. As this book opens, Agatha is finishing up her six-month stint in London at Pedmans, the firm that bought out her PR old firm. It's been an unpleasant experience and her final dinner leaves a bad taste for everyone but the client.

In Dembley (part of Gloucestershire), the cause-devoted, militant Jessica Tartinck is organizing the Dembley Walkers (a ramblers society) into another planned confrontation with a landowner who has blocked the public way while armed with a shotgun. Jessica savors the chance to make a splash. The others aren't so enthusiastic. After that meeting, her written challenge to Sir Charles Fraith is returned with an invitation to tea if the ramblers will avoid one of his fields that has been planted. Jessica's friend Deborah Camden is sent to check out the path. Jessica decides to ask permission first and captures the attention of Sir Charles who asks for her telephone number. Thoroughly charmed, Deborah recommends that they go along with Sir Charles and the other ramblers agree . . . except for Jessica who decides to challenge him on her own.
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In the fourth book in the Agatha Raisin series, our heroine is again put right in the middle of a vicious murder. Following her return from working for a London P.R. firm, Agatha must help friend Sir Charles Fraith clear his name. It seems as though the leader of a walkers group has been murdered after being seen arguing with Charles, and Agatha sets out with James to pose as a married couple to infiltrate the village of Dembley. Of course, Agatha finds herself miserable, and finds that living with James is not the romantic getaway that she had hoped for.
This series is one of my favorites and this book shows Agatha at her finest. Her gruff exterior is no match for her soft heart, and those that truly get to know her see this warm side. I highly recommend each book in this series, and also the series about Hamish MacBeth, also written by M.C. Beaton.
The first book in the series is "Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death". Enjoy!
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I enjoyed this fourth book in the Agatha Raisin series but while reading it, I had a vague feeling of disquiet. It took me a while to figure out what was bothering me and I finally realized that Agatha, in this book, had resorted to namecalling in her insults and some of those names are quite vicious. She has in all the books been quite tart with others but in this one, she is downright vicious.
The leader of a rambling group (a group of people who get together to walk & enjoy the country) from a nearby village is murdered. A friend's niece is one of the suspects and she asks Agatha to investigate. Agatha, naturally, agrees to do so and she & James go undercover as a married couple in the nearby village.
The suspects are plenty and none of them are likeable. Not even any of the secondary characters are that nice.
I would hesitate to pick up the next book in the series if it were not for the cliffhanger ending of this one.
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By Mac Blair on March 15 2001
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AS usual I enjoyed another Agatha Raisin doing her thing. Her thing this time also gets her really involved with James Lacey. Agatha has returned to Cotswold village after six months in London. She is not back long before someone murders one of the walkers of dembley, a group that gets together and walks on the weekend. They follow old trails that have since been planted in crops. The farmers, of course, do not like this as it destroys their fields. After one is killed, another is killed. Who could be doing this? One of the walkers, one of the farmers, a lover? Agatha and Lacey keep asking questions until they figure it our. Or do they? I can see the village and the people in my mind as I read. Beaton does an excellent job if you will just let yourself go and feel the writing.
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I'm unusual in that I like the aggressive Agatha more than the lazy, unambitious Hamish MacBeth. This one is as good as the others in the series -- although the first one, Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death, is the best.
I suspect I liked the first book best because James Lacey played so little a part of it. The biggest mystery in this book, as in all of the them, is what lively, clever Agatha sees in the priggish James Lacey. He's a snob and a pill. There are women who think they're nothing without a man -- even one as boring as Lacey -- but Agatha certainly doesn't strike me as one. I blame Ms. Beaton for Lacey, and I hope he can be bumped off next in order to put us all out of our misery.
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